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Trustworthy Information Systems Handbook: Appendix G, Legal Risk Analysis

Legal Risk Analysis Tool

Welcome to the Legal Risk Analysis Tool, a companion piece to the Trustworthy Information Systems Handbook produced by the State Archives Department of the Minnesota Historical Society.

If you are involved in

  • agency management
  • information technology
  • records management
  • legal counsel

this tool will assist you in analyzing your agency's or department's legal risk in the area of government records management.

Why is legal risk analysis important?

Legal risk analysis is an important undertaking because there is constant tension between your limited resources and your mandate to responsibly manage the government records. Uncovering and addressing problems can be a burden, but the failure to do so may lead to lawsuits, fines and penalties, and loss of credibility and public confidence.

How do you use this tool?

The Legal Risk Analysis Tool will guide you through what your legal risks may be with respect to your records management practices and help determine what consequences might arise from the occurrence of those risks.

There are four ways to use the tool:

At the end of each path, you will find a list of possible consequences, steps to take to complete the risk-analysis process, and pointers to material in the Trustworthy Information Systems Handbook that will help mitigate your risks.

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This legal tool is for informational purposes only, is not intended to constitute legal advice, and should not be considered legal advice. This legal tool should not be utilized as a substitute for professional legal counsel in specific situations, and you are encouraged to seek the services of a professional for legal counsel in specific situations. The most current versions of the Legal Risk Analysis Tool and the Handbook are available online at: http://www.mnhs.org/preserve/records/index.html

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TIS Handbook last updated July 2002, Version 4.

Links verfied July 7, 2009.